India should import up to 1 million tonnes of lentils in the current crop year 2016/2017. The measure is an attempt to control domestic grain prices and raise inventories. So far, the country has already signed contracts to buy 400,000 tonnes, said State Minister for Food, C. R. Chaudhary.
The country began importing lentils last year to supplement local demand and control prices. The Ministry of Agriculture aims to increase production of the commodity by 20% in the agricultural year ending June 2017 to 20 million tons, 21 million in the 2017/18 crop and reaching 24 million in the 2020/21 crop.
Lentil production was 16 million tonnes in the year ended June 30. The government of the Asian country, the world’s biggest buyer of the grain, has called on states to promote sowing of the crop, even during the winter harvest, which began last month. In late September, Indian Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said India intended to import lentils from Brazil. The Asian country already imports beans in small quantities of Brazilian land.
Source: Globo Rural